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The Sunnyvale real estate market is hot this winter! January inventory grew after a holiday dip, while sales are double to triple the number from last year. Here are a few quick points from the single family home market below:

  • The sale to list price ratio heats up again with homes selling on average at 105.7% of asking.
  • Prices grew both month over month and year over year.
  • Days on market remain low, averaging under a month to sell.

First a quick note before we dive into the Sunnyvale real estate market trends and statistics. A lot has changed since last March and while a reaction to the pandemic is visible in this data and analysis it will take a long time for us to see the full impact on the market. To read more about how the pandemic is affecting real estate sales, please read my post: Coronavirus impact on real estate sales.

Last spring, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) stopped the timer on all Days on Market (DOM) between March 17th through roughly May 17th. In the data below, this will affect any numbers related to the days on market, the absorption rate, and the days of inventory for those past months, but not current data.

Sunnyvale Real Estate Market Trends and Statistics

Just now I pulled the December sales of single family homes for the Sunnyvale real estate market trends and statistics. In that time there were 36 single family homes (mostly houses, but possibly duet homes) that closed escrow. The range in sale price was from $1,020,000 to $3,370,000 (22 sold between $1 – $2 mil, 13 sold between $2 – $3 mil, and 1 went over $3 mil). For this Sunnyvale group:

  • the average list price came in at $1,811,889
  • average sale price was $1,912,373 – over $100K more!
  • average age 51 years
  • average square footage 1,633 SF
  • average lot size 6,361 SF
  • average days on market 23
  • average price per SF for all 36 houses: $1,192.19 (up from $1,124.18 the month before)

Not all homes sold $100K over list price, however. Here’s a bit more data on that part of the Sunnyvale housing market.

There were 22 homes (out of 36, or roughly 61%) which sold in 14 days or less. Of those hot listings, the average list price was $1,811,959 and average sale price $2,009,000, that’s above $197K more! Only one of these properties sold below list price. Home size average 1,622 SF and lot size average 6,774 SF, so slightly smaller homes on larger lots compared to the whole. It seems that if the home sells quickly, in two weeks or less, the odds are better for a higher sale. Price per SF for the fast sales group: $1,250.10, or $57.91/SqFt higher than the total market average.

If we focus on just the slower 15 days or more to sell homes, the numbers are all bleaker for sellers and better for buyers. Among those 14 sales, only 1 sold above list price and 13 sold below asking price. Their average list price (may include price reductions) was $1,811,778, and average sale price was $1,760,529 or more than $51K below list price. Average price per SF $1,101.19, or a whopping $91/SqFt less than the total market average!

This kind of result is why Realtors so often try to get the home sold fast. We can look for similarities between the slower selling homes compared to the faster ones, and sometimes pinpoint what market is selling best, perhaps by price or age of house. Maybe they are a little more remodeled or in a slightly better area? It would be a longer study to pick that apart, but it is worth noting the correlation between the speed of the sale and the list to sale price difference.

The sale price to list price ratio is all over the board when houses are viewed individually as opposed to by how fast they sell alone.

The Sunnyvale real estate market also varies by location (east of El Camino is generally not as desirable as west of it), school district (the portion with Cupertino schools is likely the strongest part of the market), and as mentioned above, price point. Being too close to train tracks, being in a flood plain, or other location issues will make it more challenging to sell.

Do you find this kind of info useful? If so, I’d love to hear from you – my email address is mary@popehandy.com. Please tell your friends, especially if they are interested in buying or selling residential property here!

The Real Estate Report numbers for Sunnyvale (entire city), single family  homes

Feel free to visit the same statistics, trends, and more at my ReReport page.

(If you’re viewing this on a mobile phone, swipe horizontally to see the full chart if it goes off the screen.)

Sunnyvale realty market statistics

Trends At a Glance Jan 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,950,000 (+11.9%) $1,742,500 $1,600,000 (+21.9%)
Average Price $1,959,100 (+10.2%) $1,777,110 $1,711,830 (+14.4%)
No. of Sales 33 (-38.9%) 54 12 (+175.0%)
Pending 28 (-22.2%) 36 13 (+115.4%)
Active 23 (+130.0%) 10 16 (+43.8%)
Sale vs. List Price 105.7% (+1.8%) 103.9% 103.9% (+1.7%)
Days on Market 27 (+33.4%) 20 21 (+27.7%)
Days of Inventory 21 (+276.4%) 6 40 (-47.7%)

Sunnyvale is a clear seller’s market. December was hotter this year than in 2019, although it’s cooled a little since last month. December sales far exceeded active inventory, which shrank significantly from the month before. The days on market show homes are selling quickly with a 20 day average turnover, and well above list price on average with a sale to list price ratio of 103.9%. It is a hot seller’s market for Sunnyvale homes!

And from last month:

Trends At a Glance Dec 2020 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,742,500 (-8.9%) $1,913,000 $1,750,000 (-0.4%)
Average Price $1,777,110 (-4.9%) $1,869,570 $1,776,480 (0.0%)
No. of Sales 54 (-3.6%) 56 35 (+54.3%)
Pending 36 (-25.0%) 48 (+300.0%)
Active 10 (-69.7%) 33 18 (-44.4%)
Sale vs. List Price 103.9% (-0.8%) 104.7% 102.3% (+1.6%)
Days on Market 20 (+2.0%) 20 18 (+12.4%)
Days of Inventory (-67.5%) 17 15 (-64.0%)

 

(If this is too wide for a mobile device, you might try viewing the whole report this graph was taken from in PDF. Click to see the Real Estate Report for Santa Clara County updated monthly.) And here’s a view at a glance of how Sunnyvale compares to other towns or cities in Santa Clara County / Silicon Valley:

SCC stats by city for SFH

As we can see in the chart above, Sunnyvale is priced right in the middle of the market across all cities within the county, it consistently in the upper-quarter of sale to list price ratios. Sunnyvale is a particularly hot market for the county.

Next up, the live data from Altos Research, updated weekly (uses LIST prices, not sale prices FYI)

Sunnyvale SFH Real-Time Market Profile

As of the latest update (February 9th) the chart shows that Sunnyvale is in a strong seller’s market with sky high market action. Homes are listed from around $1-$2.5 million on average (and we know from earlier charts that this is usually the best selling range).

Want more info on the weekly trends and stats? You can view Altos data and analysis on Sunnyvale as a whole OR by zip code.

What about the Sunnyvale condo and townhome market?

The real estate market for the condominiums and townhouses in Sunnyvale is softening right now, much like the housing market.

The closed sales (as seen on the Sunnyvale RE Report for condos and townhomes) show that properties are selling close to list price in this segment of the market, but are nowhere near as hot as houses.

Sunnyvale Condo & Townhouse Market Trends at a Glance

Trends At a Glance Jan 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,265,000 (+0.4%) $1,260,000 $1,245,000 (+1.6%)
Average Price $1,146,920 (-3.4%) $1,187,600 $1,159,580 (-1.1%)
No. of Sales 19 (-9.5%) 21 12 (+58.3%)
Pending 47 (+51.6%) 31 33 (+42.4%)
Active 37 (+12.1%) 33 17 (+117.6%)
Sale vs. List Price 100.0% (-1.6%) 101.6% 99.0% (+0.9%)
Days on Market 34 (+63.0%) 21 79 (-56.3%)
Days of Inventory 58 (+23.9%) 47 43 (+37.5%)

Sunnyvale condos are in a calmer market than houses, with fewer and smaller overbids, more active listings than closed, and a longer days on market. Still, it’s a clear seller’s market.

And from last month:

Trends At a Glance Dec 2020 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,260,000 (+9.6%) $1,150,000 $1,120,000 (+12.5%)
Average Price $1,187,600 (+3.8%) $1,144,020 $1,113,940 (+6.6%)
No. of Sales 21 (-48.8%) 41 18 (+16.7%)
Pending 31 (+3.3%) 30 16 (+93.8%)
Active 33 (-28.3%) 46 43 (-23.3%)
Sale vs. List Price 101.6% (-0.1%) 101.6% 99.9% (+1.7%)
Days on Market 21 (-2.2%) 22 34 (-38.0%)
Days of Inventory 47 (+44.9%) 33 72 (-34.2%)

 

How does the housing market in Sunnyvale stack up compared to Cupertino, Mountain View, and other places?

(If this is too wide for a mobile device, you might try viewing the whole report this graph was taken from in PDF. Click to see the Real Estate Report for Santa Clara County updated monthly.)

SCC Stats by city for Condos

Condos in Sunnyvale are regularly in the upper-half (occasionally the upper-quarter) for price in the county and they are in the middle for the sales vs list price ratio this month.

And finally, the live Altos Research info (updated automatically each week – using list prices, not sold prices)

Sunnyvale Condo and Townhouse Real-Time Market Profile

In the most recent update (as of writing, February 11th), Sunnyvale condos are in a strong sellers market with shrinking inventory and low days on market.

Use this link to see the Altos weekly report for condos and townhomes in the City of Sunnyvale, or navigate to your preferred zip code there or anywhere in the region. Like the info? Sign up to get it in your email box each week.

Sunnyvale, like the rest of Santa Clara County, has its own micro markets. The areas by 237 and 101 will be a different home selling or buying experience than those west of El Camino Real or along the Los Altos border. Want to buy or sell in Sunnyvale? Please call or email me to set up a time to meet or talk by phone (no obligation, no pressure – I dislike pushy people as much as you do).

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